Form: MOD support fund for schools with service children: grant application pack

Ministry Of Defence

October 30
13:12 2020

MOD ESF: scoring criteria sheet

MOD ESF: application form

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ESF poster


The 2021 ESF bidding round is now closed and result letters will be circulated in early December 2020. Details about future funding rounds will appear here once known.


The ESF, launched in 2011 and subsequently extended by the Secretary of State for Defence (2018-2020), provided funding to assist publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of exceptional mobility and/or deployment of their Service communities; Regular Armed Forces, including Reserves on Full Time commitment (FTRS FC).

In light of ongoing rebasing activity, with further unit and personnel moves and associated disruption expected, the Directorate Children and Young People has secured 3-million from the Army Top Level Budget to fund an extension of the ESF for the 2020/2021 financial year. Min DPV clearance and support of the extension was received on 31 March 2020.

Schools are a critical part of supporting our service families. Children may have to change school when a service parent is posted, or school may support a pupil when a parent is absent for long periods of time. This fund is available to support schools in embedding practices that can benefit the service children and their school.

The fund is different from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which is open to a wider variety of organisations and seeks to forge closer ties between military and local communities.

It is also different to the Service Pupil Premium, which is provided to schools in England by the Department for Education in respect of children of serving members of the armed forces.

Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), which is the MODs professional focal point for all matters relating to children and young people associated with the armed forces, are the lead organisation supporting the fund. Read the instructions and guidance for more details of eligibility and criteria.

Successful application samples

If you are new to writing bids, please take a look at these sample applications:

Deployment sample (army)
Mobility sample (army)
Navy sample
RAF sample

If you still need assistance, you can email and your query will be redirected to the Service Children in State Schools National Executive Advisory Committee (SCISS NEAC).

Since the inception of the ESF, SCISS NEAC members have helped evaluate applications and some members have previously secured funding; they may be able to offer additional advice.

The bidding round for the ESF 2021 is now closed.

Applications are accepted from publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK who meet the eligibility criteria. Local authorities are also able to apply in support of these schools.

The grant application pack consists of 3 documents:

  • instructions and guidance
  • regional panel scoring criteria sheet
  • application form

Also available is an ESF Poster and you can read Service Childrens Progression (SCiP) Alliance case studies.

Applications from England, Scotland and Wales should be forwarded to

Applications from Northern Ireland should be forwarded to

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